Untangling human origins

New fossil clues point to the earliest known human ancestor.

By Kate Ramsayer, 00:00 AM April 8, 2005

Nowadays, it's pretty easy to tell a person from an ape. Millions of years ago, the differences would have been much harder to pick out.

 

According to the scientific theory of evolution, apes and people have a common ancestor—one ancient animal from which both species evolved. At some time in the past, however, the creatures that would become humans started to differ from the creatures that would become apes and chimpanzees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This computer reconstruction shows an ancient skull that its discoverers say is the earliest known human ancestor.

 

This computer reconstruction shows an ancient skull that...

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